It's the security, stupid! U.S. port security is so ineffective, ports could be run by Dubai or Donald Duck - cargo still wouldn't be screened properly. Matthew Brzezinski, author of "Fortress America: An Inside Look at the Coming Surveillance State," tells us the truth about the Dubai ports deal. Is it really a risk? What are the facts about port security in America, and how can we fix the gaps? Also, economist James Galbraith tells us that "quitting Iraq won't undo the real... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, environment, iraq, privacy
David Brock of press watchdog Media Matters turns a critical eye on the New York Times. Since the Times broke the story of the Bush administration's warrantless wiretaps, almost no one's been happy. Conservatives like Ann Coulter call the paper the "Treason Times;" progressives question why the story wasn't released sooner. Who's right? And what's the inside story behind the paper's decision to hold the scoop? Also, Republican congressman Walter B. Jones has radically changed... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, wiretap, Bush, Iraq
This week's show: Representative John Conyers talks to us about Iraq and political corruption. With the bribery charges swirling around Democratic Rep. William Jefferson, can the Democrats continue to claim the political high road? Next, we meet Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager whose story inspired the movie "Hotel Rwanda." He weighs in about his new book and the current situation in Darfur. Plus: The directors of "The War Tapes" gave cameras to five American soldiers... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, Iraq, politics, Darfur
Jeff Goodell, author of "Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future," has a reality check for George Bush on this week's show: "The idea of coal as an alternative fuel is hilarious. There is nothing alternative about coal. It's the rock that fueled the industrial revolution." Also, we meet Mother Jones' new Washington bureau chief James Ridgeway, fresh from the Village Voice. We check in with Mother Jones correspondent Ken Miller, whose article in the current... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, coal, iraq, alaska
Iraq will be the number one issue in the November election, says Brian Katulis, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. He explains why the CAP's Iraq Report Card finds Iraq "on the brink of collapse with growing violence, increased sectarian tensions, divisions in the Iraqi national government, and few significant advances in Iraq's economic reconstruction." Plus, we talk to two of the heroes of "Hacking Democracy," a new film about electronic voting fraud. Bev... Topics: Iraq, mid-term election, voting fraud, Amir Abbas Fakhravar, Iran
Iraq correspondent David Enders first went to Iraq as a 23-year-old reporter who worked, un-embedded and unprotected, outside the relatively safe "Green Zone." But now he's back from a trip to Jordan, saying he decided against returning to Iraq because it has become too dangerous -- even for him. He tells us why. Plus, we'll talk about something you won't hear much about in the mainstream media: the progressive Islamic movement, including one woman's case that Mohammad was a feminist.... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, iraq, islam, palestine, rights
This week, we look at dissent within the Republican party and the military. First up, Republican leadership is divided over torture and the Geneva Conventions. Human Rights Watch's Joanne Mariner helps us sort out which congressional Republicans have stood up against the Bush administration's torture policies -- and why. "I think it's very relevant that the three Republicans who are fighting the Bush administration's approach are the three Republicans with probably the closest ties to the... Topics: Republican, Geneva Conventions, Human Rights, Bush, Iraq, Democrats, congress
This weekend on Mother Jones Radio, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer on what it means now to be a Democrat – and how that's different from just months ago. Also, why do some people so rabidly hate Hillary Clinton? Mother Jones and "This American Life" contributor Jack Hitt explains. And we talk to Josh Rushing – once a Marine in Iraq, now a correspondent for Al Jazeera's new English-language channel. Plus, we speak with the president of the Women's Funding Network about the power... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Montana, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Iraq, Marines, Al Jazeera, Women's Organizations
What would you do if you thought your government had been taken over by corporate interests, unaccountable officials, and extremists? We talk to several authors and thinkers who are taking on the current state of corruption. Iraq war veteran Paul Reickhoff talks about "Chasing Ghosts," which details how his experience in Baghdad led him to conclude that America's mission in Iraq was deeply flawed. Michael Newman explains "Teaching Defiance," which argues that education and... Topics: Mother Jones Radio, corporate, extremists, corruption, Baghdad, Government, racism, Iraq, Africa
Finally, military families' protest against the Iraq war has moved into the headlines. One bereaved mother camped out near George Bush's Texas ranch has helped focus attention on families' dissatisfaction with the war. Does Cindy Sheehan's protest in Crawford mean a turning point for America? Mother Jones Radio talks to Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-California), gets a live update from Baghdad correspondent David Enders, and checks in with veterans and military families who oppose the war. Host... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, iraq, military, Cindy Sheehan, anti-war
Iran's announcement last week that it has enriched uranium upped the stakes on the international non-proliferation effort. Secretary of state Rice pushed the U.N. this to take "strong steps" against Iran, while a New Yorker article argued that the Bush administration has long planned to invade the country. We talk to the son of the deposed shah of Iran. Reza Pahlavi now lives in the United States, but to many Iranians, he is in fact an exiled leader. Also, Middle East correspondent... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, environment, greenpeace, iraq, uranium
We talk to Swanee Hunt, Bill Clinton's ambassador to Austria, about her new memoir, "Half-Life of a Zealot," and her work empowering women around the world to fight for peace. Also, Mother Jones writer and filmmaker Brian Palmer talks about how U.S. Marines are trained to deal with the situation on the ground in Iraq. Plus, UC-Berkeley's Zachary Shore explains why Europe is the breeding ground for radical Islam. He joins us to talk about his book, "Breeding Bin Ladens: America,... Topics: Radical Islam, U.S. Marines, Iraq, empowering women, San Francisco values
This weekend, we look at the upcoming midterm elections -- and what might happen if Democrats take control of the House or Senate. What are the hot races? Who's watching for fraud? And if the Democrats do get a House majority, can they get it together to make a real difference? We talk to Robert Borosage of the Institute for America's Future and Page Gardner of Women's Voices Women Vote. Plus, in Iraq, a prominent Baathist says the resistance is gearing up to hit the U.S. hard in January. Is... Topics: Iraq, Mid-Term Election, voter fraud, Democrats, push poll
Mother Jones' special oceans cover story exposed the problems facing the world's seas. So how about some solutions? The "Ocean Champions," two longtime ocean advocates, specialize in solving the oceans' dilemmas. Plus, Bruce Franklin explains how a football tycoon took George H.W. Bush's oil company and used it to declare war on the fish that built America. Also, 2002 Time Person of the Year Coleen Rowley is the plainspoken FBI whistleblower who exposed the agency's failure to act... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, 9-11, bush, iraq, pacifism, whistleblower
Markos Moulitasa Zuniga, the blogger behind Daily Kos, wants to boot out the "ineffective" Democratic Party establishment. We talk with one of the most popular progressive bloggers about his vision for a new movement: one "of the netroots, the grassroots, the unorthodox labor unions, the maverick big donors." Plus, conservative author David Horowitz debates Mark LeVine, who he calls one of the "most dangerous professors in America." Horowitz's new book attacks the... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, democratic party, iraq, mexico, tom delay, unions
This week, we bring you a Mother Jones exclusive report: Are you safe in a Boeing aircraft? Chances are, when you fly, it's in a Boeing plane. Now whistleblowers are saying some of the planes are dangerous. They allege that planes were made with faulty parts, and that those planes have got to be grounded immediately. Investigative editor Sheila Kaplan explains. Meanwhile, in Ohio, Iraq war veteran and rising Democratic star Paul Hackett took up the party's invitation to run for Senate. Why is... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, democratic party, iraq, war veterans, whistleblower, Boeing, Paul...
What role should the media play in the Iraq war? Tim Robbins, star of "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Mystic River", wrote and produced "Embedded Live", a satirical look at our prime-time war. It examines the accuracy of the media's reporting as a result of embedding journalists. We also talk with 24-year-old David Enders, an independent, un-embedded journalist who moved to Iraq two years ago to start the first post-invasion English-language news outlet in Iraq. He... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, iraq, media, Tim Robbins, journalists, Green Zone, Downing...
Scooter Libby is just the tip of the iceberg. There's a whole neocon machine of lies and distortions called the Office of Special Plans, built to get us into war with Iraq. It's linked to familiar names like Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and yes, Libby. Mother Jones writer Robert Dreyfuss explains. Also, just how bad could the avian flu epidemic get, and does the US have a chance at being prepared? We check in with Mike Davis, author of "Monster at our Door: The Global Threat of Avian... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, avian flu, cheney, epidemic, iraq, neoconservativism, rumsfeld,...
What are the benefits and challenges of eating a local, sustainable diet? We speak with Michael Pollan, author of "Omnivore's Dilemma," who argues that we should think globally and eat locally. And Joel Salatin, the organic farmer Pollan wrote about in his recent Mother Jones article, checks in from his farm in Virginia. Plus, Jane Goodall tells us why she's still optimistic about the future of the environment, even in the face of today's environmental troubles. She's inspired by... Topics: Mother Jones Radio, sustainable, Michael Pollan, Jane Goodall, environment, Iraq, military...
The Republican spin machine conveniently ignores that many critics of the war are veterans themselves. Right-wing spinsters have badmouthed former servicemembers like John Kerry, John Murtha, and Max Cleland. So why does Iraq veteran and Democratic Senate hopeful Paul Hackett seem immune to their bashing? Hackett joins us in our San Francisco studio to tell us how he sees it. Also this week, we talk with journalist Mark Levine about the Paris riots. Law professor Vikram Amar weighs in on the... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, iraq, john kerry, privacy, riots, Paul Hackett, John Murtha,...
How will former CIA head Robert Gates' turn as defense secretary affect Iraq and the military? We hear from CIA veteran and military expert Mel Goodman. Also, we check in with the NAACP's Anurima Bhargava about the affirmative action cases the Supreme Court is now weighing. Plus, the new documentary "King Leopold’s Ghost" is a vivid look the Congo's colonial past, and how the country's history contributes to its current problems. We speak with actor James Cromwell, who lends his... Topics: Robert Gates, CIA, defense secretary, Iraq, military, affirmative action, Supreme Court, Congo,...
London is attacked from within, and Peter Bergen is not surprised. Over a year ago, the acclaimed Al Qaeda expert told Mother Jones readers that jihadist attacks would be more frequent and worse because of the war in Iraq. This week, he tells about the bombings and what else may be in store. Plus, Washington correspondent Michael Scherer describes his trip to the Arizona border to report on the anti-immigration Minutemen. Minutemen leader Chris Simcox gives us a glimpse into the mind of someone... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, al-qaeda, immigration, iraq, jihad, minutemen, jihad, civil rights,...
Despite what President Bush says, a disaster on the Gulf Coast has been predicted for years. We talk with journalist William Bunch, who says the Iraq war pulled funds away from flood prevention programs for New Orleans. Bunch documents the numerous news articles over the past years which predicted problems with levees and large-scale flooding, countering President Bush's claim that "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees." We also talk with Mike Dunne of the Baton... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, hurricane, katrina, levees, louisiana, military, new orleans,...
Iraq correspondent David Enders says that as Iraq disintegrates, some locals believe the U.S. caused the chaos on purpose. "Just as we seem to think of Al Qaeda and other movements as entirely nihilistic, I think people here begin to see Americans in very much the same light." Plus, Common Cause president Chellie Pingree has a plan to reform lobbying and prevent the next Jack Abramoff. But it will require lawmakers to give up big perks. Can her simple five-step plan clean up... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, al-qaeda, environment, iraq, nihilism, Jack Abramoff, scandal,...
Increasing number of American soldiers are speaking out against the Iraq war. Peter Laufer talks about his new book, "Mission Rejected," which tells the stories of some of those soldiers. Also, artifical reproductive technologies have created a glut of unused frozen embryos -- 500,000 and rising. What should parents and the medical establishment do with them? Mother Jones correspondent Liza Mundy investigates. Plus, how do Americans use and abuse power over each other in everyday... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, Iraq, embryo
This week, we debut our special coverage on the future of the world's oceans. We talk with Julia Whitty, whose article "Fate of the Ocean" shows how humans are pushing seas to the brink. Whitty weighs in on what humans can do to reverse the massive ecological changes we've put in place. Plus, how did Achmed Chalabi con the New York Times into believing Saddam was training foreign fighters to hijack airplanes? He presented them with a defecting Iraqi "general" -- who turns... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, environment, hijack, iraq
No matter what the administration says, it is using chemical weapons in Iraq, including white phosphorus. Another U.S. weapon in Iraq is so vicious the victims are buried in shoeboxes, says our Iraq correspondent David Enders. Also, documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald says the tide may be turning against Wal-Mart. Even small, conservative towns are voting the predatory giant out. Leo Hindery, author of "It Takes a CEO," explains how other large retailers are doing a better job of... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, chemical weapons, iraq, wal-mart, white phosphorous
Musician Michael Franti, frontman for folk funksters Spearhead, was so troubled by the Iraq war that he went to the Middle East to experience the conflict firsthand. Staying outside the American-controlled Green Zone, he "would just start playing music on a street corner, or walk down the street and play music for people. People would be drawn to it, and I was the first American they'd ever met that wasn't carrying an M-16." We talk to him about how he turned his experience into a new... Topics: Michael Franti, Iraq, corporations, commons, George W. Bush, Sidney Blumenthal
The Iraqi scientists from Saddam Hussein's nuclear and biological weapons programs posed a huge risk to international safety after Saddam's fall. So why did the Bush administration refuse to track down the scientists after the 2003 invasion of Iraq? Mother Jones reports that all but three of Saddam's top 200-some nuclear scientists are missing. Mother Jones Radio interviews Dr. Mahdi Obeidi, the "mastermind of Saddam Hussein's former nuclear centrifuge program," and the only Iraqi... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, biological weapons, bush, david albright, iraq, saddam hussein
This week, we get to the roots of the conflict caused by the Danish Mohammed cartoons. We speak with Leena El-Ali, director of the Muslim-Western relations program at Search for Common Ground. Plus, we investigate the growing list of officials who have resigned or been pushed out by the Bush administration. TomDispatch.com editor Nick Turse tells us why the list is so large - 243 and growing. Also, we put President Clinton's economic advisor in the hot seat. Gene Sperling is the author of... favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, cartoons, cheney, democratic party, iraq, war veterans
Three decades ago, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's "dirty warriors" tortured Hector Salgado. Now he's tracking them down -- with a camera crew. Salgado tells guest host Peter Laufer about his campaign to confront his abusers face-to-face, and the documentary he's making about the process. As he told Mother Jones magaine, "I’m not going there to beat anyone up. I’m not going to destroy anything. I’m going to confront them with the truth." Also, we talk with Merry... Topics: Mother Jones Radio, Augusto Pinochet, torture, Iraq, war, Peter Singer, vegan, vegetarian, Bush, CIA